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Mr. Alexander T. Strange, of Hillsboro, 111., has com- 
piled a little book which he terms Sketches of the Greshams ^' 
of Anierica and Across the Seas. I have obtained his per- '*'' 
mission to preface my family record with what he has said 
of the early Greshams, because this knowledge was not only 
troublesome to obtain, but Mr. Strange has said it much 
better than I could do ; and, moreover, what I have gathered 
goes back only to my grandfather, or, perhaps I may venture 
to say, to my great-grandfather, Lawrence Gresham. Mr. 
Strange says his mother was a Gresham, but in his book I 
can find no positive evidence of a relationship between the 
Greshams of whom he writes and those of whom I shall 
write. Nevertheless, I am almost sure there is a relation- 
ship, since some of our relatives settled in Kentucky, Illi- 
nois, and other States, but the records of King and Queen 
County having been entirely destroyed by fire during the 
Civil War, what little I have been able to learn has had to 
be gathered from memory and personal interviews with 
the few who are left old enough to give me reliable infor- 

Many years ago — about 1888 — I met with Mr. Peter H. 
Gresham in my brother's home in Washington, and he was 
so intensely interested in tracing the Greshams that he could 
scarcely talk of anything else, and he gathered much infor- 
mation which I think very reliable, as the old gentleman 
was so sincere and so painstaking; but after making one 
or two trips to London, and spending time and money in 
his search for knowledge of the early Greshams there and 
here, the books he had bought and what he had written were 
nearly all burned in a fire which destroyed the law oflfice of 
Gresham & Gresham, at Lancaster County, and as at that 
time "Cousin Peter," as he wished to be called by all the 

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Greshams, was on his death-bed, the most of the knowledge 
so laboriously obtained was buried with him — much to the 
regret of his "many cousins." 

Mr. Strange, in his "Historical Introduction," says: 

"Normandy, formerly a province, in the north of France, 
so-called from the north rovers, or Northmen, otherwise 
called Normen, was founded by Charles the Simple, in 
A. D. 912. 

"Normandy, as a part of the French nation, was over- 
come by William I., known as William the Conqueror, in 
1066, William was the son of the Duke of Normandy, and, 
with inherited rights, he soon overpowered Duke Guide of 
Macon, and Count Arquies, by the aid of the disaffected 
French, then rallying the combined forces, he finally, in 
1066, at the historic battle of Hastings, succeeded in mak- 
ing all those countries subjects of the British crown. 

"During the twelfth century the country was wrested 
from the British by the French armies, and again subdued 
by the British at a later day. 

"This turbulent age tended to create lawlessness and to 
develope a spirit to despoil and rob the surrounding coun- 

"The Norsemen, or Normen, were a bold and venturous 
people, engaged, in the main, in farming, with the more in- 
trepid in commerce, especially in sea commerce. Those 
engaged in sea commerce, in keeping with the spirit of the 
age, became known as sea rovers, and occasionally as pirates 
on the high seas. 

"They were widely known as invincible fighters, and ma- 
terially aided William in his designs for supremacy. 

"Having assumed the dukedom in 1035, William steadily 
acquired power, till the victories above named were at- 
tained, and he became the greatest monarch of his age and 
assumed the British crown. 

"Many of the people of Normandy, attracted by such 
able leadership and the lucrativeness of English agriculture 
and commerce, crossed over into the conquered country and 
acquired homes and aided materially in making the country 

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"Among those to locate in England about this time was 
one Edward do Gresse and his son, Edward, the elder of 
whom was with William at the battle of Hastings and sub- 
sequent to that event. 

"After the De Gresses became citizens of England, the 
French prafix 'de' was dropped, and to distinguish them 
as land-owners the word 'ham' was added, and under this 
modified name a 'coat-of-arms' which distinguished and 
dignified the family for many generations, was conferred 
upon them. 

"Just when and by whom this coat-of-arms was confer- 
red is not known, but the fact of itd us^ by this family is 
clearly 5ho^\•n by early English hJ;tor\'. 

"The coat-of-aiTns consisted of a grasshopper on a greens- 
ward — 'Gres' meaning green and the hopper indicating the 
acti\ity of the Greshams in their devotion to the King. Its 
us*, as shov.-n by the records, is the e\idcEice that the Gres- 
hams are the descendants of the De Gresses. In some of 
the early writings the Greshams were described as the fam- 
ily of the Green Home: which the grass hopper on the 
greensward indicated. 

"This coat-of-arms, as students of history know, became 
the legally protected insignia of the Greshams, and was 
their pride for many succeeding generations. This, in brief, 
is the record of the family from 1035 to 1086 in Normandy, 
after the battle of Hastings. For the next two hundred 
years, history is silent, but occasional reference to the coat- 
of-arms is the conclusive proof of the relationship of the 
Greshams of the eleventh to those of the thirteenth and 
fourteenth centuries. 

"Passing down to the sixteenth century. Sir Thomas 
Gresham of London, whose high standing and eminent ser- 
vices were widely known, with his three brothers, John, 
Richard and William, and one sister, Mrs. Jolin Thyme, 
are prominently mentioned in every English history. It 
was about 1560 that Sir Thomas was knighted and became 
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"From careful study of the records of the day, I have 
concluded, or assumed, that this John Gresham 'Gent' was 
a son of the John Gresham mentioned above as a brother of 
Sir Thomas Gresham. I, therefore, place 'HI. John Gres- 
ham' as the progenitor of the American Greshams in the 
Chronological Index at the close of this volume." 

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'The Early English Greshams. 

"A full chronological account of the Greshams during 
the eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth centuries cannot be 
given, but it is known that during the tweltth century Ed- 
ward Gresham, presumably a descendant of the De Gresses, 
founded the town of Gresham, in the County of Norfclk, 
England. In the 'Paston Letters,' published during the 
reigix of Edward VI. and written by one of the early Gres- 
hams, who was the secretary to Judge Paston, this fact is 
clearly set forth. 

"We find the names of John Gresham, a son James, and 
a grandson John, and one William Gresham during this 
little-known period, who, from the coat-of-arms, are known 
to have been residents of Gresham, England, and ancestors 
of the London family. 

"Leaving the ancestral home of Gresham, we trace by 
the Arms, Crest and English history the family to London. 
John Gresham, a wealthy merchant, to whom Sir Thomas 
was apprenticed, was esteemed as a successful business man. 
His brother, Sir Richard Gresham, was also a merchant, 
and was elected Lord Mayor in 1537. 

"Sir Richard, father of the illustrious founder of the 
Royal Exchange, became Gentleman Usher Extraordinary 
to Heniy VIII., and at the tearing to pieces of the monas- 
teries by that monarch, by his judicious courtliness, he ob- 
tained no less than five grants of church lands. His daugh- 
ter married John Thyme, an ancestor of the Marquis of 
Bath. Sir Richard had three brothers — Thomas and John 
and William. The latter was Chancellor of Litchfield. 

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College; was apprenticed to his uncle as a merchant; was 
admitted to the Mercers Association in 1543; represented 
the King at Antwerp in 1551 ; was dismissed by Queen 
Mary, but quickly reinstated; served Queen Elizabeth as 
a diplomat, and with great distinction restored the debased 
currency of the nation ; and negotiated many important 
loans and introduced many financial reforms; he was am- 
bassador to the Netherlands, and was knighted by Queen 
Elizabeth. He owned much landed property, and established 
the first paper mills of England. He died in 1579, after a 
career of great usefulness and with honors worthily earned. 
"His son, Richard, dying in 1564, to whom he was greatly 
attached, in memory of whom he established the Bourse, or 
Royal Exchange, and eight almshouses. He married a Suf- 
folk widow^ Queen Mary, in recognition of his eminent ser- 
vices, gave him at different times, a priory, a rectory, and 
several manors and advowsens. 

"In his will he gave his beautiful home in London to trus- 
tees to be used as an institution of scientific advancement 
and to be known as Gresham College. There were to be 
seven professors, at an annual salary of fifty pounds each, 
payable out of the rents from the Royal Exchange. 

"This college was burned dowii and rebuilt twice since 
its establishment by act of Parliament ; the present beau- 
tiful structure being built in 1843 on the corner of Basing- 
hall and Gresham Streets. Cousin Peter H. Gresham at- 
tended a course of lectures in this building a few years ago. 
"A statue of Sir Thomas was erected on the plaza of the 
Royal Exchange, and when the structure was burned in 
1666, this statue was the only thing that stood the fire. The 
Exchange was subsequently rebuilt, and the Arms of Gres- 
ham adorn the south and east sides of the magnificent struc- 

"Haman, in a book published in 1628, in describing the 
'Loafer' of that day, sententiously said : 

" 'Though little coin thy purseless pockets line, 
Yet with great company thou'rt taken up, 
For oft with Duke Humfry thou dost dine 
And oft with Sir Thomas Gresham sup.' 

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"In speaking of the establishment of Gresham College, 
Green, in his History of the English People, page 69 of Vol. 
VIII., says: 

" The little company of Philosophers had hardly begun 
their meetings at Gresham College when they found them- 
selves objects of great interest. Science suddenly became 
the fashion of the day. Charles the II. was himself a chem- 
ist of some ability, and took a keen interest in the problems 
of navigation. Buckingham took fits of devotion to his lab- 
oratory. Poets, like Dryden and Cowley; courtiers like Sir 
Robert Murray joined the scientific company, to which, in 
token of his sympathy, the King gave them the title of 'The 
Royal Society.' 

"The establishment of the society, and the lectures in 
Gresham College marks the opening of a great age in scien- 
tific discovery in England. The establishment of this great 
institution was a lofty ideal of Sir Thomas, which seems to 
have permeated others of the name, as was shown when his 
nephew, 'John Gresham, Gent,' and wife and son John, 
emigrated to the new world, settling in Arundel County, 
Md. They were wealthy and evidently contemplated a re- 
production of the London institution of learning, the Amer- 
ican College building, but was not attempted till the son, 
John 'Gent,' bought and laid out 'The Gresham College 
Tract' in Hartford County, Md. 

"It is not known that Sir Thomas had any children who 
reached mature years, but he had three brothers, two of 
whom were merchants of London, and one of whom was 
Chancellor of Litchfield. A son of one of these, presum- 
ably John, had one son, John, who, so far as we know, was 
the first Gresham to land on American soil. The death of 
Sir Thomas occurred in 1579. 

"The first public record we have of the Greshams in this 
country was in 1641, when John Gresham 'Gent,' nephew 
of Sir Thomas, was elected to the Maiyland General As- 
sembly. From that time on, the history of the Greshams 
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their English ancestry. 

"The Early Maryland Greshams. 

"It has been stated that John Gresham, a brother of Sir 
Thomas, had a son, John Gresham 'Gent,' who emigrated 
to America, settling in Arundel County, Md. We find from 
the Maryland public records that this John Gresham 'Gent' 
became a member of the Maryland Legislature in 1641. He 
was evidently of mature years, as both he and his son John 
were known as 'Gent' in the public records. Had the 
younger been raised in America, the title would not have 
been used. John Gresham 'Gent,' the elder, so far as we 
know, became the founder and progenitor of all the Gres- 
hams of this country, with possibly few exceptions. In my 
extensive correspondence I have found only one family 
which claimed a different ancestry, and I am led to think 
that they were mistaken as to their origin. 

"With five hundred years of illustrious ancestry behind 
him, and with a nobility of character and purpose excelled 
by few, as shown by his determination to build on Ameri- 
can soil a great American educational institution, John 
Gresham, our progenitor, should be, and is, honored with 
holy veneration. We, who possess the blood of such lineage 
in our veins, would indeed be recreant to our heritage if 
we do not keep a record showing our relationship to this 
ancestor and the line of descent, to guide and inspire our 
children to lives that will reflect credit on our revered an- 
cestiy as well as to our people and country. 

"The meetings of the Maryland Legislature in 1641 were 
held in St. Marys, Md., the country then being an English 
province. Lord Leonard Calvert, known as Lord Baltimore, 
was then Governor. 

"John Gresham 'Gent' was a strenuous Protestant, as 
the Greshams have ever been, and we find that, while 
Thomas Greene was Governor that he was severely perse- 
cuted for his Protestant affiliations and activities, his prop- 
erty was confiscated, and he was forced to floe into' Vir- 
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to return to his home and family, and his property was re- 
stored into his possession. 

"John Gresham 'Gent,' afterwards known as 'Sr.,' son 
of the above, is mentioned, and his official activities shown, 
in the official records from 1670 to 1712, when his death is 

"John Gresham, Jr., son of the above, was high sheriff 
of Annapolis from 1705 to 1723, dying while in office. His 
wife was named Sarah, and they are credited with six 
children — John, Richard, Thomas, Sarah, Mary and Pris- 
cilla. Here, I will say, that for eight hundred years the 
first three sons of our direct line of Greshams were named 
John, Richard and Thomas, in keeping with English custom 
and to protect their entail rights. 

"When John Gresham, Jr., died, a will was found, at- 
tested by Lord Baltimore, Dr. Charles Carrol) and Benjamin 
Kasker. This will, as well as that of his wife, was exam- 
ined by Cousin Peter Hoss Gresham, from whom I get my 
information. The wife, Sarah, died in 1756, and in her will, 
as well as that of her husband, certain valuable lands and 
properties were given their son Richard in England and in 
the Island of Kent. 

"John Gresham, son of the above, was born in 1704. He 
was appointed high sheriff to succeed his father, being at 
the time only nineteen years of age. He married a Miss 
Huyeson, a daughter of Colonel North C. Huyeson. They 
had at least three children, sons, named John, Richard and 
Thomas. His son Thomas was the grandfather of my 
grandfather, Archibald Gresham, and was born after the 
death of his father. In the will of Thomas Gresham, which 
was also examined by P. H. Gresham, he mentions a 'child 
yet to be born,' and this posthumous son is next to be de- 

"The Tennessee Greshams. 

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as we know, the first Gresham to locate west of Maryland 
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ham, Sr., who was the last Gresham of our hne of English 
birth. Thomas Gresham, before leaving Maryland, married 
Miss Dorcas Lane, a daughter of John Fuller Lane, and they 
had one son, born before leaving Maiyland, named John. 
They first located in Virginia, but, living there only a short 
time, continued their search for better conditions, and lo- 
cated in Washington County, Tenn., near where Jonesboro 
now stands. The father-in-law of Thomas, John Fuller 
Lane, had already migrated to Tennessee, locating in Blunt 
County, where his descendants are yet to be found, 

"That Thomas Gresham had other children is believed, 
but only the name of one has been given the writer. Rich- 
ard Hoss is said to have married a Miss Anna Eagle and 
to have had nine children. Eva, Elizabeth and Rebecca, 
who married Peter Hoss Gresham, are the only name? I 
have. Thomas Gresham continued to live where he settled, 
clearing off the land, and laying the foundation for a family 
home, which his descendants have so tenaciously continued 
to cluster around. As time went by and deaths were to be 
cared for, a cemetery was established at Buffalo Ridge, 
which for many years has been known as Gresham Cem- 
etery, and here his body was finally laid to rest in 1806 
at a ripe old age. 

"Here I wish to say that about the time of the emigra- 
tion from Maryland to Tennessee, the spelling of the name 
was changed from Gresham to Grisham.. It is a tradition, 
and I presume it is a fact, that the change was made inten- 
tionally, because the Tennessee Greshams became intense 
Whigs, and they wished to distinguish their descendants 
thus as a Whig branch of the family. I have, however, held 
to the 'e' throughout this volume, as the change was evi- 
dently illegal and confuses the genealogical connection with 
our English ancestry. 

"Corroborate^ Testimony. 

"Peter Hoss Gresham, who for many years was in the 
employ of the government at Washington, spent much time 
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in Maryland and in London, wrote some years ago exten- 
sive accounts of his investigations, and from these letters, 
now in my possession, I give a few very brief quotations: 

" 'While in London, in 1888, 1 visited the Royal Exchange, 
Gresham College, The Guildhall of Gresham and other 
places of interest to the Greshams, all founded by Sir 
Thomas Gresham.' 

" 'From Granville L. Gower, Esq., who is a double de- 
scendant of Sir John Gresham, and from Rev. John W. 
Berger, Archbishop of Chichester, I procured two other 
large volumes entitled The Life and Times^ of Sir Thomds 
Gresham, having previously obtained two volumes of bi- 
ography of Sir Thomas Gresham. Mr. Berger is a descend- 
ant of the Greshams. All these books are voluminous and 
exceedingly interesting and verify much of what I have 
said in these letters.' 

" 'John Gresham, in 1641, was a member of the General 
Assembly of Maryland, which met at St. Marys, under Gov- 
ernor Leonard Calvert. In 1648 he, with others of the Pro- 
testant faith, were severely persecuted by Governor Thomas 
Greene, a Catholic. His home on Kent Island was seized 
and he was forced to remove to Virginia for a time. The 
land on Kent Island had been given to John Gresham and 
to Colonel Claiborne by King Charles for meritorious ser- 
vice. Their possession, however, was afterwards regained.' 

" 'John Gresham, Gent., son of above, born in England, 
came to America with his father and mother, and after- 
wards known as John Gresham, Sr., in 1684, according to 
the records, resided in his home near Annapolis, known as 
'Fortuna.' He took patent for five hundred acres of land 
on which he expected to found an institution of learning 
modeled after the "Gresham College" of London, but owing 
to his early death in 1713 his ambition was never realized. 
He was a vestryman in St. Anna's Church, in Annapolis.' 

" 'John Gresham, Jr., son of above, was "high sheriff" of 
Annapolis from 1705 to 1723, when he died in office. He 
left six choldren, the sons were John, Thomas and Richard. 
He left a will which I was permitted to examine. His wife, 
on her death, also left a will which I inspected. Both of 
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Gravesend, England, and in Kent, Md. The descendants 
of this Richard Gresham still live in Kent Island, and some 
of them on the very lands bequeathed in these wills.' 

"Among the earlier settlers who intermarried with the 
Greshams of Maryland were the EUises, the Stewards, the 
Grays, the Murrays and others. Jonathan Bacon, noted in 
history, was a direct descendant of the London Greshams. 
One of his forefathers being Nicholas Bacon, 'Keeper of the 
King's Seal.' He married his full cousin, who was a Gres- 
ham. This Bacon was a descendant of Lord Bacon of 
Shakespeare fame.' 

" 'Following the above in the line of descent, there were 
Thomas Gresham, son of John Gresham, Jr., from 1752 to 
1806. Then John Gresham, son of Thomas Gresham, from 
1770 to 1863, mention of whom is made elsewhere.' 

" 'My wife, Rebecca Gresham, who is my fourth or fifth 
cousin, was the daughter of Hoss R. Gresham and Anna 
Eagle Gresham, and was the youngest of nine children. 
The place of her birth was in a long brick house on Ches- 
apeake Bay, being in the same house where her father and 
T think her grandfather were born.' 

" 'The Gresham College tract was near Abington, in 
Hartford County, where Baltimore was first started, now 
known as "Old Baltimore." ' 

" 'The wife of Ex-Governor Brown, now Senator of Geor- 
gia, was the daughter of Rev. Joseph Gresham, a descendant 
of the Maryland Greshams.' 

"Many other quotations might be used with interest, but 
the limits of this book will not permit ; enough is here given 
to corroborate what has been said in the preceding chap- 

From a letter written by Colonel Robert Gresham, of 
Indiana, my father's great-nephew, just after the close of 
the war, to my brother, R. S. Gresham, I learn that my 
great-grandfather was Lawrence Gresham, and his wife 
Mary Townsley, and the letter says : "Came fwm England 
and settled in King and Queen County." I presume, how- 
ever, that, although the names were correct, they were most 
probably descendants of the Greshams of Maiyland men- 
tiered by Cousin Peter and Mr. Strange. I therefore give 


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this information just as I received it, and will hereafter 
write of my ifrandfather and his descendants, and think 
what I write can be relied on as a simple but a true state- 
ment of such facts as I have been able to get — for my own 
children and other young relatives — believing, as I do, that 
in the future what I write now will be a real pleasure to 
them, and knowing that I, with those who have helped me, 
will soon be numbered with those who have passed away. 
I deem it a labor of Jove, and will say with Mr. Strange : If 
this little record "creates in the Greshams an interest in 
their ancestral forefathers, who for many generations were 
distinguished in diplomacy, philanthropy and in high Chris- 
tian manhood and womanhood, then shall I be more than 

Lawrence Gresham and Mary Townsley Gresham, of 
England, lived at "Briar Hill," near Newtown, King and 
Queen County, Va. 

Samuel Gresham (1st), son of Lawrence and Mary 
Townsley Qresham, occupied the old homestead, "Briar 
Hill." Name of first wife is not positively known, but from 
information secured from descendants of his oldest son, 
she was Mary Faulkner. The records of King and Queen 
having been destroyed during the Civil War, I can get no 
definite information as to dates, or of other descendants of 
Lawrence Gresham and Mary Townsley, except of my grand- 
father, Samuel Gresham. 

By his first wife, Mary Faulkner, Samuel Gresham had 

children as follows: William, James, Frances and George. 

William (1st), eldest son of Samuel and Mary Faulkner 

Gresham, moved to Kentucky and married Maiy Dudley, 

and later moved to Indiana. 

One of his sons, Dudley Gresham, visited his relatives in 
Virginia once or twice just prior to the Civil War. He was 
a widower then, about sixty-three years of age, and later 
married a Mrs. McCoy. 

During the war. Colonel Robert Gresham, of the Union 
Army, passed through Lancaster with his regiment, and said 
he was a son of Dudley Gresham. Later, in*1872, he wrote 
to Mr. Robert S. Gresham, of Dinwiddie County, for in- 
formation of his Virginia relatives, and said he was a son 


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of Dudley Gresham and a grandson of William and Maiy 
Dudley Gresham. 

We also heard during the war of Colonel W. A. Gresham 
and Charles Gresham, both belonging to the Union Army, 
and supposedly grandsons of William and Mary Dudley 

Frances, oldest daughter of Samuel (1st) and Mary 
Faulkner Gresham, married a Mr. Parker, of King and 
Queen, and after her death her children moved to Tennessee 
and later to Texas, and since the war we have heard from 
them as being in prosperous circumstances. 

George Gresham, son of Samuel and Mary Faulkner Gres- 
ham, born at Briar Hill, moved to Lancaster and married 
Miss Waugh. They died, leaving two children. 

James Waugh, eldest son of George and Mary Waugh 
Gresham, married Miss Armstrong, and died without chil- 

A daughter of George Gresham married a Mr. Harcum, 
and died leaving two daughters, who married brothers 
named Leland. 

James, son of Samuel and Mary Faulkner Gresham, of 
Briar Hill, moved to Lancaster and married (presumably) 
Miss Sale. They died, leaving two small children, Andrew 
Jackson, who was adopted and reared by his half-uncle, 
Elijah Gresham, of Chesterfield County, and was loved and 
regarded by the entire family as one of the children, and 
they were all deeply grieved when in lS-50 he married Miss 
Cousins, cf Amelii. ^ho. having a bniher m Missis^ir'i. 
iiii^Denced him lo move there aT.d later to Florida, where he 
died an old man. His widow survived him with two chil- 
dren, others having died in childhood. 

Susan Sale, the daughter, was cared for by her two cous- 
ins, Samuel and James Waugh Gresham. She married Mr. 
Locke, a widower, and was held in loving regard by his 
two daughters. They both lived and died in Lancaster. 

Samuel Gresham, the fii-st. marriovi the second time Han- 
nah Farmer, of King and Queen, and by this marriage there 
were children as follows: John, Hannah, Andrew, Betsy, 
Thomas, Elijah and Samuel (twins), and Phoebe. 

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was yet another child by this marriage who moved South, 
perhaps to Georgia, but about this I can get no reliable 

Hannah, eldest daughter of Samuel and Hannah Farmer 
Gresham, of Briar Hill, married Mr. William Chowning, of 
Lancaster, a son of Captain William Chowning, of the Rev- 
olutionary War, who fought from Massachusetts through 
■\u Virginia and the Carolinas. By this marriage there were 
two sons and three daughters. 

Thomas William, son of William and Hannah Farmer 
Chowning, moved to Arkansas, married Miss Barnett, and 
, died leaving several children. 
I John Sharp Chowning, son of the above, married Miss 

Mitchell, and died leaving two sons and one daughter. 

The son, John Shaipe (the second), married Florence R. 
Gresham. There were two children by this marriage. The 
daughter. Flora, married Mr. Paul Palmer, and they have 
r.;.i an infant daughter, Margaret Chowning Palmer. George 
Gresham Chowning, son of John Sharpe and Florence Gres- 
ham Chowning, died in early manhood unmarried. 
, , I Mary Hannah, daughter of William and Hannah Gres- 

ham Chowning, married Mr. Herbeii Hall. She left three 
children, Frank, Herbert and a daughter who died in in- 
fancy. Frank, the eldest son, is unmarried. Herbert, the 
youngest son of Herbert and Mary Hannah Chowning Hall, 
married Miss. Myrtis Spain, of Dinwiddie. They have sev- 
eral children. 

Caroline Chowning, daughter of William and Hannah 
Gresham Chowning, married Robert Kidd and had two 
daughters. One died in infancy and the other married 
Robert Opie Norris. 

Sallie Chowning, daughter of William and Hannah Gres- 
ham Chowning, married Thomas Norris and had seven chil- 

Ann Chowning, daughter of William and Hannah Gres- 
ham Chowning, married Mr. Pace and had throe children. 

John Gresham, son of Samuel and Hannah Fai-mer 
Gresham, was born at Briar Hill, near Newtown, King and 
Queen, Va. He moved to Lancaster, and married Margaret 


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olutionaiy fame, and Miss Sharpe, of New Yoi"k. 

John and Margaret Chowning Gresham had children as 
follows: Samuel, William, John, Margaret, Thomsie, Sallie 
and Hannah. 

Samuel, the eldest son of John and Margaret Chowning 
Gresham, was born April, 1810. He was Commonwealth's 
attorney from early manhod until his death in 1873, and 
was also in the Legislature previous to the war. By his 
first marriage with Miss Sarah Goodrich Mitchell there 
were seven children, four of whom died in infancy, 

Ann Hazeltine, eldest daughter of the above, married Mr. 
Joseph Palmer, and they had nine children, six of whom 
died young, Lelia, their eldest daughter, married Mr, Rice, 
Hermine Constance, their youngest daughter, resides in 
Baltimore, unmarried. 

H, L, Palmer, son of Ann Hazeltine and Joseph Palmer, 
married Mr, Dietrich, and they have four children, 

Samuel Preston, the eldest son of Samuel and Sarah Mit- 
chell Gresham, was born the 14th of February, 1836. He 
married Miss Mary Stuart, a charming woman of rare lit- 
erary attainments. He makes his home at "Plain View," 
the old home of John Gresham, his grandfather, in Lan- 
caster; is a lawyer by profession, and was a soldier during 
the Civil War. They have children as follows : Walter 
Pi-eston, Samuel, Hai-\ie Stuart. Ernest Wilbur, Carroll 
McGruder, Russell, Philip Mercer, Maiy Norma, and Lolla 

Walter Preston, eldest son of Samuel Preston and Mary 
Stuart Gresham, married Miss Jennie Collins, who survives 
him with one son, Vernon, and two daughters, Musa and 

Harvie Stuart married iVIiss Emily Sneed. He is a law- 
yer by profession and lives in Lancaster Count^\ 

Ernest W. married Miss Nellie Chilton. He died a young 
man and his widow and one daughter survive him. 

Samuel, son of Samuel and Maiy Stuart Gresham, mar- 
ried Miss Lilian Head. They reside in Kentucky, They 
have no children. 


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Carroll McGruder married Miss Lillie Snead, and resides 
at Plain View. They have one child. 

Philip Mercer, son of Samuel P. and Mary Stuart Gres- 
} ham, lives in Lancaster, and is by profession a lawyer. He 

1 married Miss Pickard, and they have one child. 

; John Russell married Miss Lilly Brown. They live in 

Atlanta, Ga. K !l->r)<in 

Mary Norma, eighth child of Samuel P. and Mary Stuart 
Gresham, married first Mr. McCou, an Episcopal minister, 
and after his death married Mr. S. B. Carney. They make 
their home near Portsmouth, Va., and have one daughter, 

Lolla Vera, youngest child of Samuel P. and Maiy Stuart 
hja. Gresham, died in infancy. 

James Robert, son of Samuel and Sarah Mitchell Gres- 
ham, married Miss McClannahan. They had nine children. 
Three died in infancy. 

James Waugh, son of James Robert and wife (nee Mc- 
Clannahan), married Miss Lena Riccard. They have one 
son and live in Baltimore. 
^ George Sanford, son of James Robert Gresham and wife, 

married Miss Fannie Newbill. They have one child. 
William Newbill, son of James Robert Gresham and wife, 
«.'a married Miss Thompson. They have one child. 

Nannie, eldest daughter of James Robert Gresham and 
wife, married Mr. Clift. They have three daughters and 
live in Baltimore. 

Loulie, youngest daughter of James Robert Gresham and 
wife, married Mr. George Dunton. They have no children. 
Samuel Gresham (spoken of previously), the son of John 
and Margaret Chowning Gresham, married the second time 
in 1848 a widow, who was formerly Miss Katherine Dun- 
away, and by this marriage there were four children, as 
follows : 

Walter Raleigh, who was a lawyer by profession, and 
Commonwealth's attorney from the time he was admitted 
to the bar until his death. He died uimiarriod. 

John Chowning, second son of Samuel Gresham and Kath- 
erine Dunaway, was born in 1851. He graduated fr«/m West 
Point and has served twice in the Philippines. He has 


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taught military tactics in Virginia and North Carolina, and ,. , . 
has been the recipient of several medals for bravery. He is 
now in command at "Ethan Allen," and has recently been .j ... 
promoted to colonel. He married Miss Belle Gilbert, daugh- i,.. 
ter of Colonel Gilbert, of the United States Army. They , 
had one son, who died in childhood, and three daughters. , , , 
The eldest daughter, Katherine, resides with her sister in 
the Philippines, and is unmarried. Isabel is married to ; • ,r 
Captain Holladay, of the United States Army. Louise, the 
youngest daughter of Colonel John Chowning and Belle Gil- 
bert Gresham, married Captain Harrell, of South Carolina. 
They reside in Panama. 

George Sandford Gresham, youngest son of Samuel Gres- 
ham and Katherine Dunaway, his wife, died unmarried at ,„ , 
twenty-six years of age — a lawyer of unusual promise. 

Florence Rebecca, only daughter of Samuel and Kath- 
erine Dunaway Gresham, married John Sharpe Chowning 
and had two children, as follows: 

Florence Mortimer, who married Mr. Paul Cullen Palmer. 
They have an infant daughter, Margaret Chowning Palmer, i. • 
George Gresham Chowning, only son of John Sharpe and , , . 
Florence Gresham Chowning, died in early manhood. 

William Gresham, second son of John and Margaret 
Chowning Gresham, died in early life, unmarried. 

John Gresham, the youngest son of John and Margaret ,.,,. 
Chowning Gresham, married a widow Hughlet, and died 
without children. -,,., 

Margaret Gresham, the eldest daughter of John and Mar- 
garet Chowning Gresham, married Mr. John Davenport. - 
She was left a widow, and she and her two children died 

Sallie Gresham, the second daughter of John and Mar- 
garet Chowning Gresham, married Mr. Beauchamp, and had 
seven children. a;s follows: Andrew. Joseph. Sharps, Gres-,^if|,. 
ham, Margaret and Laura. 

Hannah Farmer Gresham. thf* third daueht'^^r n^ Samuel 
and Sarah Goodrich Mitchell Gresham. married Thomas 
Callahan. They had eight children, six of whom died ir. in- 
fancy. Richard, the boy, joined the army just before the 


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surrender, at a very early age, and was killed in the first 
battle in which he was engaged. 

Aloula Sharpe, the daughter of Hannah Gresham and 
Thomas Callahan, married the Rev. R. B. Sanford, a Bap- 
tist minister. They had four sons and four daughters. 

Dr. Harry B. Sanford, her eldest son, is living in Rich- 
mond. '•^ ' '."-k'TiK' : 

John and Thomas, her second and third sons, are living 
with their mother in Newport News. 

Robert Hanne, the youngest, is in the navy. 
The daughters are all married. 

Thomsie, daughter of Samuel and Sarah Mitchell Gres- 
ham, married a Mr. Mitchell, and at her death left four chil- 
dren, two boys andd two girls. The eldest daughter mar- 
ried John Beame. The second daughter died unmarried. 
Her eldest son, R. B. Mitchell, is married, but has no chil- 
dren. John, the youngest, has never married. 

Thomas, son of Samuel and Hannah Farmer Gresham, 
was born at Briar Hill in 1774. He moved to Essex County 
and married Miss Mary Dew (called Polly). He was by 
profession a lawyer and Commonwealth's attorney for his 
county twenty-eight years. He lived an honored life and 
was held in high regard by neighbors and friends, and was 
loved most by those who knew him best. He had children 
as follows: William, Edward, Robert, Thomas, Charles 
and Henry. 

William married Miss Harriet Campbell, and by this mar- 
riage had children as follows : 

Ellen, who married William Dew, of King and Queen; 
May, who married Dr. Phil Gresham, and 
Herbert, who died unmarried. 

By his second marriage, late in life, to Miss Mollie Gar- 
nett, he had one daughter, Marian, who married Dr. Brown 
Evans, son of Judge A. B. Evans, of Middlesex. His widow 
survives him. 

Edward, son of Thomas and Polly Dew Gresham, mar- 
ried Miss Isabelle Mann, of King and Queen Countv, a 
woman of whom it was said : "She is one of the most bril- 
liant conversationalists I have ever met. and a woman of 


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inost charming manners," By this marriage there were 
children as follows: 

Hon, Walter Gresham, who married Miss Josephine 
Mann, of King and Queen, He was in Congress for a num- 
ber of years. He now resides in Galveston. Texas, where 
he has accumulated quite a fortune. His eldest daughter, 
Essie Gresham, married Judge William B, Lockhart, and 
she, with his other children, lives near their father, thus 
adding brightness to his declining years. 

Dr. Phil Gresham, son of Edward and Isabel Mann Gres- 
ham, married May Gresham. Death cut short what prom- 
ised for this young man a brilliant career. His wife sur- 
vived him a short time. Children by this marriage were: 
William D., of Roanoke; Morton, and Hattie Belle, of Rich- 

Ella Gresham, daughter of Edward and Isabelle Mann 
Gresham, married W. J, Haile, and has survived him for 
several years. She lives in Tappahannock — a woman whose 
gracious presence renders her a blessing to her friends and 
relatives, and especially to those orphaned in early years. 
I think it can be truly said of her: "She hath done what 
she could." 

Kate Gresham, daughter of Edward and Isabelle Mann 
Gresham. married L. A. Tyler, nephew of Ex-President 
Tyler. By this marriage there are children, as follows: 
William Thomas Tyler, who married Miss Alice Hall, and 
is cashier of a bank at Warsaw— they have one child; Wal- 
ter, who married Miss Beale, and resides in Richmond ; and 
Bunnie, who married Dr. Bristow, of Tappahannock, and 
by whose marriage there are two children. 

Lalla, daughter of Edward and Isabella Mann Gresham, 
married Mr. Thomas Ball, and resides in California. Elsie, 
daucrhter of Thomas Ball and Lalla Gresham, married Mr. 
Wright, of Tappahannock, and makes her home there. They 
have one son. 

Bunnie, youngest daughter of Edward and Isabelle Mann 
Gresham, died young and on the day set for her marriage. 

Edward Mann, youngest child of Edward and Isabelle 
Mann Gresham, died in early manhood. 

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married Missi Isabelle Dew. The war stripped him of a 
most handsome estate. They both died young and left one 
daughter, Mary Blanche, who married Mr. H. W. Crane. 
She is now a widow, and lives in Baltimore, with her chil- 
dren, one son and two daughters. 

Dr. Charles Gresham, son of Thomas and Polly Dew 
Gresham, married Miss Campbell, and lived at Mantua 
P^rry, in King and Queen. His professional education was 
completed in Paris. His widow and several children sur- 
vive him. Most of them live in Newport News. The eldest 
daughter, Clara, married a Mr. Gresham, and is now a 
widow. Hallie, a second daughter, married Mr. Seabury 

'. Smith. Thomas married Miss Ruby Fleet, whose parents 

reside in Richmond. Charles and Campbell are married. 
Franklin is not married. 

Dr. Henry Gresham, youngest son of Thomas and Polly 
Dew Gresham, was born in Tappahannock, Va. In early 
life he attended school at Mr. VV. H. Harrison's, in Amelia 
County, thence to the University of Virginia, where he 
graduated, then to Philadelphia to the medical college, from 
which he also graduated. He then spent four years in Paris, 
finishing his education there. At the breaking out of the 
Civil War he was appointed surgeon in the Confederate 
States Army in the 30th Virginia Regiment, was on General 
Pickett's staff and ranked as major. 

He married Miss Laura Jones, of Essex, who survived 
him for several years, but died recently. She was a woman 
of loveV character and disposition, and her death, I know, 
brought sorrow to many relations and friends. She left 

j"f ' one son and five daughters — Alice, who married Mr. John 
Newtown Temple, who lives in Texarkana. She is now a 
widow with two sons, Heniy Gresham and Charles New- 
ton Temple. Laura Howard married Mr. William Temple, 
and they also make their home in Texarkana. They alsa 
have two children — a son, William, and a daughter, Alice 
Gresham Temple. 

Henry Paul Jones, only son of Dr. Henry and Laura 
Jones Gresham, married Miss Josephine Tyler, of Rich- 
mond, and they make their home in Tappahannock. 




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Nellie, the youngest daughter, married Mr. Willie Rob- 
{ erts, and they reside in Jacksonville. 

i Genevieve and Eva, daughters of Dr. Henry and Mrs. 

I Gresham, reside at their old home in Tappahannock. 
I Dr. Andrew Gresham, son of Samuel and Hannah Farm- 

j er Gresham, born at Briar Hill, near Newtown, died young 
' and unmarried. 

' Elizabeth, or Betsy, daughter of Samuel and Hannah 

Farmer Gresham, was born at Briar Hill, and married a 

J Mr. Duling, of King and Queen. (I regret that I can give 

no other facts regarding this beloved sister of my father.) 

Phoebe, youngest daughter of Samuel and Hannah Farm- 

» er Gresham, born at Briar Hill, died unmarried. 

Samuel, twin son of Samuel and Hannah Farmer Gres- 
ham, was born at Briar Hill, King and Queen County, near 
Newtown. He married Miss Susan Parker, and died at the 
old home in 1846, aged sixty-five years. He was a soldier 
• in the War of 1812. 

i By this marriage there were children as follows : Martha 

i A., Andrew, who died in infancy ; John N., Samuel S., Han- 

■ nah, Benjamin F., Albert G., Mary Susan, who died young 
and unmarried; Virginia. Oscar, and Sarah Ann Gresham. 
' Martha A., daughter of Samuel and Susan Parker Gres- 

ham, married Peter D, Samuels. She preceded him to the 
grave by several years. She left five children — Mary Alice, 

who died a young girl ; Ella D., who married , 

I of Stevensville ; Ida, advanced in life and unmarried ; Mar- 
tha Smith, who married Mr. Mottley, of Caroline County, 
I and Charlie, who died in infancy. 

j John N., a son of Samuel and Susan Parker Gresham, 

I was born at Briar Hill, near Newtown, King and Queen 
1 County, August 23, 1820. He moved to Stevensville when 
I quite a young man — as clerk for Mr. John Bagby, a prom- 
inent merchant. Later he became a partner of Mr. Bagby, 
and after his death was associated with Maior John Robert 
Bagby in the mercantile business and was said by one who 
knew him well to be "a prince of merchants." For s(nne 
years he represented his county in the Legislature, and was 
ono of the most prominent citizens of the communitv, be- 
ing prominent in church woi'k, and for many years a deacon 


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and Sunday-school superintendent in Mattaponi Baptist 
Church. He married Hannah Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. 
John Bagby. By this marriage there were nine children, 
as follows : 

Mary Elizabeth, who died in childhood. '• 

Samuel Straughan, who died in boyhood. 

Fred, who died young. 

John N., Jr., who also died young. 

Jessie, daughter of John N. and Hannah Elizabeth Bag- 
by Gresham, married Henry Robinson Pollard, who repre- 
sented his county as Commonwealth's attorney for many 
years. He was a member of the House of Delegates for 
many years, and is now city attoniey for the city of Rich- 
mond. By this marriage there are children, as follows : 

H. R. Pollard, Jr., senior partner of the firm of Pollard 
and Bagby, Richmond, Va. 

Josephine, daughter of H. R. Pollard, Sr., and Jessie 
Gresham Pollard, married John Steger Harrison, of Reids- 
ville, N. C. 

Elizabeth, daughter of H. R. Pollard, Sr., and Jessie 
Gresham Pollard, married Ernest M. Long, of Richmond. 

Martha Pollard, daughter of H. R. Pollard, Sr., and Jessie 
Gresham Pollard, married Mr. John Gibson, Jr., of Middle- 
town, Ohio. 

James Jeffries Pollard, son of H. R. and Jessie Gresham 
Pollard, married Miss Sherrard Wilcox. He lives in Rich- 
mond and is connected with Pollard & Bagby in the real 
estate business. 

Robert Nelson, son of Henry R. Pollard and Jessie Gres- 
ham Pollard, married Miss Williams. He is by profession 
a lawyer. 

Fred Gresham Pollard, son of Henry R. and Jessie Gres- 
ham Pollard, is an attorney at law, and lives in Richmond, 

Thomas Pollard, son of H. R. and Jessie Gresham Pol- 
lard, resides in Richmond. He married Miss Helen Watson, 
and is in the real estate business. 

Jane, daughter of Henry R. and Jessie Gresham Pollard, 
married Mr. W. B. Bates. They reside in Richmond, Va. 

Martha Gresham, daughter of John N. and Hannah Bag- 


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by Gresham, married Robert Nelson Pollard, an attorney , 
at law, King and Queen County, Va. 

Ora Cresham married Dr. Edward Butler, of Bowling 
Green, Va. They have children, as follows: 

Elizabeth Bagby, who married Mr. Armund Edwards, of ^ 

Edward Everett Butler; and .r '^ s • ~ Sit/jnn : ,- ,• :„... , 

Susie Gresham Butler. , ♦ 

Ada Gresham, daughter of John N. and Hannah Bagby 
Gresham, died unmarried. 

Susie Gresham, daughter of John N. and Hannah Bagby 
Gresham, married Mr. P. O. Goodrich, a prominent citizen 
of Surry County, Va. 

Samuel, son of Samuel and Susan Parker Gresham, lived 
in Newtown and was a very successful merchant there for 
many years, but the war deprived him of a large amount 
of property, and soon thereafter losing his handsome home , , 
by fire, he moved to Norfolk, where he died. When quite 
a young man he married Miss Etta Mottley, a stepdaughter 
of Mr. John Bagby, of Stevensville. She lived but a short 
time, and later he married Miss I.ucy Childrey, of Hen- ,j^, 
rico, who survived him but a short time. By this marriage 
there were children as follows: Evelyn, Lillie, Samuel. Wil- 
lie, Alice, Maiy and Laura. 

Evelyn married Robert W. Goode, of Chesterfield (son 
of Colonel Robert and grandson of Major William Goode, , f 
of the Revolutionary War, who was promoted on the field 
for bravery — and I insert this for the benefit of children , . 
and grandchildren who may at some time wish to join the 
D. A. R.). She survives her husband, with three children — .*., 
Addie Gresham and Eva, all married. 

Lillie Gresham, daughter of S. S. and Lucy Childrey ^ 
Gresham, married Mr. Maigne, of Norfolk, who survives 
her husband. 

S. S. Gresham, Jr., son of S. S. Gresham and Lucy Chil- 
drey Gresham, married Miss Emma Maigne, who sun'ives 
him. They have several children. 

Willie Gresham, second son of S. S. and Lucy Childrey 
Gresham, died unmarried. 


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Mary, daughter of S. S. and Lucy Childrey Gresham, 
married Mr. Adkiuson, of Norfolk. They have one son. 

Laura, youngest child of S. S. and Lucy Childrey Gresham, 
married a ]\Ir. Fox, who survives her, with one daughter, 
Lilian, who resides with her aunt, Mrs. Lillie Mayne, in 
Norfolk. 1 1' I 

Hannah, second daughter of Samuel and Susan Parker 
Gretham, married Thomas Motley, of Caroline County. She 
died at an advanced age, leaving children, as follows: 
Charlie, Susie, John N., Sallie, Thomas, Samuel, Virginia 
and Hannah. 

In my father's family she was regarded as one of our 
best-loved cousins, and I regret very sincerely not to be able 
to write more of her family. 

B. F. Gresham, son of Samuel and Susan Parker Gresham, 
wair^ born at Briar Hill. He was a man of most lovable dis- 
position, and was held in loving regard by those who knew 
him best. His first wife was Miss Ann C. Lumpkin, of 
Newtown. By this marriage there were three children- 
Gertrude, Baynham and Wickliffe. 

Gertrude married Mr. Samuels, and died recently. Her 
husband and several children survive her. She was always 
known as. a woman of lovely character and disposition. 

Baynham and Wickliffe, sons of B. F. and Ann Lumpkin 
Gresham, died in boyhood. 

By his second marriage to Miss Alice Saunders, of Caro- 
line County, B. F. Gresham left children, as follows: 

Alice Imogen, who married Mr. Ellis, of Middlesex Coun- 
ty. They have several children. 

Ashby, son of B. F. and Alice Saunders, is a citizen of 

Fred, son of B. F. and Alice Saunders Gresham, is now 
living in Atlanta. 

Junius, son of B. F, and Alice Saunders Gresham, resides 
in Middlesex. 

Albert G. Gresham, son of Samuel and Susan Parker 
Gresham, married Miss Mary Ellen Bagby, daughter of Mr. 
John Bagby, of Stevensville. They died young, leaving 
three young children — Bessie, who died in childhood ; An- 
drew, who died as a young man ; and Albert, now a prom- 


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inent citizen of his community. He married Miss Jones, 
and is regarded as a worthy son of most estimable parents, 
who were held in the highest esteem by relatives and 

Virginia Gresham, daughter of Samuel and Susan Parker 
Gresham, married Mr. William Howerton, of King and 
Queen, and died a young woman. She had two children, 
who died in childhood. 

Oscar Gresham, youngest son and now only surviving 
member of a large family, was a soldier of the Civil War, 
and was said to be "one of the finest." He volunteered early 
in the war, and served in the Ninth Calvary until the sur- 
render. His wife, who was Ellen Harris, of Fluvanna 
— I was told during the war — was one of the most inde- 
fatigable workers in her efforts to care for her childi^en 
who, like many soldiers' children, were dependent upon a 
mother not only deprived of her husband, but forced by 
circumstances from home and a refugee among strangers. 

By his marriage with Miss Harris there were children, 
as follows: Susie, who died in infancy; Oscar Harris, who 
is a resident of Richmond, and who married Miss Cupp (by 
this marriage there was one child, Virginia, who married 
Mr. Hulin, and they live in Highland Park). 

William W., a second son of Oscar and Ellen Harris Gres- 
ham, married Miss Thomas, of one of the Northern States. 
They live at Highland Springs and have five children — 
Earl, Hewitt, Uavy, Mildred and Willie. 

Ellen married INIr. Henry Hudgins, of Columbia, where 
they make their home, with an interesting and intelligent 
family of five children. 

Robei-ta, youngest daughter of Oscar and Ellen Harris 
Gresham, married Mr. Spindle, of Caroline, who leaving her 
a wicTow, she moved to Richmond, and now makes a home 
for her father and brother. 

Fannie and George, twin children of Oscar and Ellen H. 
Gresham, died in infancy. 

Sarah Ann, youngest child of Samuel and Susan Parker 
Gresham, was born at Briar Hill, now Newtown. She mar- 
ried Mr. Robert Howerton, and died leaving one child. Cora, 

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who married and moved West. One son,' Robert, died in 

Elijah, son of Samuel and Hannah Farmer Gresham (and 
twin brother of Samuel Gresham), was born at Briar Hill, 
the old Gresham homestead, near Newtown, in King- and 
Queen County. In early manhood he left home and taught 
school in the counties of Nottoway, Dinwiddle and Ches- 
terfield for fifteen years. He afterwards married Miss 
Sarah Cheatham, who lived less than a year. He then mar- 
ried Maria Goode, daughter of Mr. Robert and Nancy Cheat- 
ham Goode, of Chesterfield. 

By this marriag-e there were twelve children. Six died 
in infancy. The six remaining were Robeil, Samuel, John 
Thomas, Edwin James, Adelaide M., William Abner and 
Ann Augusta. He died at his home. Delta, in Upper Ches- 
terfield, on the Appomattox River, in his seventy-ninth 
year. His wife survived him twenty-one years and died 
at the age of seventy-nine. Both are buried at Delta, the 
old Gresham home. I would like to pay here the tribute to 
my father which I feel that he deserves, for to me he was 
the embodiment of what stood for all that was good and 
true, and as this little record is written for his descend- 
ants, I will say that his high moral character, the stand he 
took for what was right and just, and his kind and chari- 
table nature "made up a man" of whom we all may well be 

He served as a soldier in the War of 1812 in the com- 
pany of Captain Benjamin Goode, of Chesterfield County. 

Robert Samuel, eldest son of Elijah and Maria Goode 
Gresham, was born at Delta, in the upper end of Chester- 
field County. He moved when quite a young man to Din- 
widdle County, and married Miss Mary Vaughan Watkins. 
Three years before her death they celebrated their golden 
wedding. A few years later he married Miss Maria John- 
son, of Chesterfield, by whom he was cared for most ten- 
derly, and spent the remainder of his life in the home of 
his early manhood. He died in his eighty-fourth year, an 
honored and respected member of the community in which 
he had lived so long, and was held in grateful regard by 
friends and neighbors. 


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He was a prisoner of war at Port Lookout, and it was 
some time after his surrender before he was able to get 

By his first marriage there were ten children. Four 
died in early childhood. 

His first daughter, Marianna, married Captain Theophi- 
lus Leonard, of SUssex, a good soldier, now a veteran of 
the war. They had children, as follows : Gresham Leonard, 
who married Miss Etta Cain, of Sussex County (they have 
several children and reside in Roanoke) ; W. A. Leonard, 
who married Miss Nellie Robertson, of Chesterfield (they 
reside in Dinwiddle, and have no children) ; Robert Leon- 
ard, third sun of Captain T. S. and Marianna Gresham 
Leonard, married Miss (they have two chil- 
dren and live in Roanoke) ; Maiy, married Mr. Eddie Gill 
(they live in Dinwiddie County, and have several children) ; 
Lillie, married Mr. Willie Rawlins (they live near Church 
Roads, and have one son) ; Annie, married Mr. E. J. Bris- 
tow (they live in Dinwiddie, and have one child) ; Hugh 
Leonard, youngest son of T. S. and Marianna Leonai'd, 
married Miss Annie Sutherland, of Dinwiddie (they have 
two children). 

William Elijah, eldest son of Robert S. p.nd Mary V. 
Watkins Gresham, first married Miss Ella V. Watkins, and 
had five children, two of whom died in infancy. 

Ada, daughter of W. E. and Ella Gresham, married Mr. 
Elwyn Spain, and died young, leaving four children. 

Nellie, the second daughter, married Mr. William How- 
lett, of Chesterfield. They have two children. 

Bernard, the only son, lives in Richmond, and is un- 

W. E. Gresham, son of R. S. and Mary Gresham. after 
the death of his first wife, married Miss Hattie Condrey. 
They have one daughter, Maiy Aurelia. Her father's ma- 
ternal grandfather. Major William Goode, of Chesterfield, 
was during the Revolutionary War promoted on the field 
for bravery, and I insert this that this little girl may in 
cominnr years be a member of the D, A. R. should she wish. 

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Gresham, married Mr. William E. Sutherland, of Dinwid- 
die. They have children, as follows : 

Kate, who married Fielding Clay. They have four chil- 

John T. Sutherland is living at Sutherlands, and is un- 

Sidney, married Miss Cooke, of Norfolk. They have 
one child and live at Wilson's, in Dinwiddle. 

Florence, married Herbert Corkran, and they live in Wil- 
(^' mington, N. C. 

Sadie, married James Clay, of Dinwiddle. They have 
one child. 

Clifton and Clyde, youngest sons of W. E. and Alice V. 
Sutherland, are unmarried. 

Florence E., daughter of R. S. and Mary Watkins Gres- 
ham, married Mr. John Winston Sutherland, of Dinwid- 
'.i'.'' die, and they live in Petersburg, Va., and have children as 
follows : 

Robert J., who married Miss Vivian Gunn. They have 
' two children. 

Charles W., married Miss King, of Sussex County. They 

reside in Washington and have one child. 

'•<'•• Nellie, Carrie and Mary, young daughters of Mr. John 

W. and Florence E. Sutherland, reside with their parents 

in Petersburg. 

- i.. Samuel R., son of Robert S. and Mary Watkins Gresham, 

'•*• of Dinwiddle, married Miss Kate Tucker, of Petersburg. 

They reside near Petersburg, in Chesterfield, and have 

eight children. Willie, the fifth child, died in 1912. Joseph 

'*' S., the eldest son, is a Methodist minister of more than 

usual promise, and is now in Petersburg. He is unmarried. 

Julian R., married Miss Janie Chappell, and they reside 
in Petersburg. 

Florence, eldest daughter of Samuel and Kate Tucker 
Gresham. married Mr. Robert Taylor, of Petersburg, and 
they, with two childivn, reside in Baltimore. 

Kathrine, Proctor, Dorothy. Lewis and Foster Bagwell 
Gresham, all young, reside with their parents. 

Sallie A., youngest daughter of Robert S. and Mary Wat- 
kins Gresham, married Mr. W. S. Harman, of Dinwiddle, 


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in which county they now reside. They have the following 
children : 

Carroll, the eldest son, is a resident of Richmond, and 

Chatton, second son, married Miss Maude Watkins, and 
lives in Dinwiddle. 

Willie, the only daughter, is unmarried. 

Richard, the youngest son, resides with his parents. 

John Thomas Gresham, second son of Elijah and Maria 
Goode Gresham, was born in Chesterfield County, at Delta, 
in 1828, and died in 1862 of typhoid fever contracted on 
the peninsula while stationed there during the war. He 
married Lucy Adelaide Goode, daughter of Colonel Robert 
and Martha Childrey Goode (and granddaughter of Major 
William Goode, a soldier of the Revolutionary War). His 
widow survived him only a little over a year, and their little 
son, Harvie, soon followed them to the grave. Thus ended 
the family of one of the kindest and best of his name, a man 
popular and beloved and rich in friends from every walk 
in life. 

Edwin James, son of Elijah and Maria Goode Gresham, 
was born in 1831, at Delta, in the upper end of Chesterfield, 
and died in Washington, D. C, in 1902. Thus ended a life 
which the fates seemed to have destined for many changes 
in home, circumstances, and all that makes up a life hr-re. 
In early manhood he heM a position in Newtown, King 
and Queen County, and while there married Miss Josephine 
Lumpkin, a daughter of Mr, Richardson Lumpkin and Pris- 
cilla Pendleton Lumpkin, of that place. She lived but a few 
years, and dying, left one son, Clarence, who, having sus- 
tained this loss and the war coming on in his childhood, his 
environments were such as to promise but little for his 
success in life ; but in spite of many diflficulties and hard 
lines of fortune, he has fought his way to a handsome 
estate, and in his declining years spends his time alternately 
at Mount Airy, Ga., and Charlotte, N. C, surrounded by 
those he loves. He married, when quite a young man, Miss 
Alice Canada, of Halifax County. Va. They have three 
children having lost three in childhood and one young son, 
Berkley, who died just as he neared manhood. The eldest 


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son, Edwin Beverly, lives in South Carolina. He married 
Miss Nettie Dowd, of Charlotte, and they have one son. 
They lost their only daughter. 

Fannie Augusta, daughter of Clarence and Alice Gres- 
ham, married J. Winston Ivey, of Chesterfield. They have 
one son and one daughter, and make their home in Flor- 
ence, S. C. 

Richard, youngest son of Clarence and Alice C. Gres- 
ham, is unmarried and resides with his parents. 

In 1859 E. J. Gresham married Miss Mary Hill, daugh- 
I , ter of John and Page Haskins Meador, of Prince Edward 
County, Va. By this marriage there were five children. 
One died in infancy, and Mary Page, the second daughter, 
died just as she reached early womanhood. She was a gii'l 
of more than usual promise, and was warmly cherished Ijy 
her family and friends. 

Nannie Josephine,, daughter of E. J. and Mary Hill 
Meador Gresham, was born in Chesterfield County and 
married Mr. Howell A. Robinson, of Lynchburg. They had 
four sons and one daughter, as follows: James, Charles, 
,1^, Goode and Joe, and Mary Virginia, all living with their 
parents and adding to their declining years such pleasures 
as can come from no other source. 

Howard Gresham, youngest son of E. J. and Mary Mea- 
dor Gresham, resides in Mount Airy, Ga., and is not mar- 

Sallie Breeden, youngest daughter of E. J. and Mary 
Meador Gresham, married Robert Tyler Jones, grandson 
of ex-President John Tyler. She survives him with one 
.son. Louis Armistead, and makes her home in Washington. 

After the death of his second wife, E. J. Gresham mar- 
ried Miss Faimie W., a daughter of Colonel Thomas Wil- 
liam?, of Texas. By this marriage there are six living chil- 
dren one. Page, dying in boyhood. Fannie, who married 
Mr. Harrv Lyman, and. being left a widow at an earlv age, 
married Mr. Mooney. They live at Herndon, Va. Bessie 
Greenhow. second daughter of E. J. and Fannie Williams 
Gresham. married Mr. Liston Schooley, a lavryer by pro- 
fession. They live in Cleveland, Ohio, and have one son 
and one daughter. 


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in Washington. He married Miss Esther Garrett, and they 
have one son, E. J. Gresham. 

Annie, daughter of E. J. and Fannie Gresham, married 
Mr. Foster Orrison. They have one son and live in Wash- 

Maria, daughter of E. J. and Fannie Gresham, married 
Mr. Rider. They make their home in Washington. 

Caroline Crook, youngest child of E. J. Gresham and 
Fannie W. Gresham, was bequeathed by her mother in her 
dying hours to her sister, Mrs. John James, of San An- 
tonio, Texas, where she now resides, a beloved member of 
the home circle. " Z^' "' * 

With the passing away of their father, this large num- 
ber of children were deprived of a parent to whom their 
devotion was almost without parallel. His kindly, genial 
nature, his generous impulses endeared him greatly not 
only to his children but to a large circle of relatives and 

His wife survived him but a few years, when an acci- 
dent, the result of a fire, ended the life of a woman who 
never failed to do what she could in every possible way for 
suffering humanity. 

Adelaide M. Gresham, daughter of Elijah and Maria 
Goode Gresham, was born in Chesterfield County, and mar- 
ried Mr. James J. Ivey, of Chesterfield, a man of most esti- 
mable character, who died in 1896. She survives him and 
resides in her home in Chesterfield. By this marriage there 
were three children. 

Walter Gresham Ivey, son of James J. and Adelaide 
Gresham Ivey, married Miss Kate Perdue, of Chester, Ches- 
terfield County, and had children, as follows : 

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Clarence and Alice C. Gresham. They make iheir home in 
Florence, S. C, and have two children. 

Irvin, son of W. G. and Kate Perdue Ivey, married Miss 
Bessie Burton. They reside in Richmond, and have three 

Lilian, married Rev. L. C. Moore. They reside at pres- 
ent in South Richmond, and have two daughters. 



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died just as she reached womanhood, a beautii'ul girl, of 
lovely character. 

Ernest Ivey, son of W. G. and Kate Ivey, was boni at 
Chesterfield, and resides at Florence, S. C. He is not mar- 
ried, i'* •.- 

Robert A. Ivey, youngest child of W. G. and Kate Perducj 
Ivey, is now a school boy and resides with his father in 
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Walter G. Ivey married, the second time, Miss Lula Greg- 
ory, of Chesterfield. 

Sarah Maria, daughter of James J. and Adelaide Gres- 
ham Ivey, married Mr. G. W. Robertson, of Chesterfield, 
and survives him with children as follows: 

Adelaide M. Robertson, who married Rev. Robert Webb, 
a minister of the Methodist Church. They live in West 
Virginia. They now have twin boys. Their first child 
died in infancy. 

Wilmer Gibson, son of G. W. and Sarah Ivey Robertson, 
married Miss Eva Eanes, of Chesterfield. Their home is 
in Petersburg, and they have three children. 

Nellie Robertson, daughter of G. W. and Sarah Ivey Rob- 
ertson, married Mr. William Leonard, of Dinwiddle, in 
which county they make their home. 

John Royall, son of G. W. and Sarah Robei-tson, married 
Miss Katherine Bell, of North Carolina. They have two 
children, and live in Chesterfield. 

George Walter, son of G. W. and Sarah Robertson, mar- 
ried Miss Estelle Ross, of West Virginia. They have one 
child, and live in Chesterfield. 

Robert, youngest son of G. W. and Sarah Ivey Robertson, 
married Miss Lucille Clay, of Dinwiddle, and they now make 
their home in that county. They have one child. 

Sallie Robertson, daughter of G. W. and Sarah Robert- 
son, married Mr. Lewis Webb, of Mecklenburg County, 
where they now live. They have three daughters. 

Bessie Leigh Robertson, youngest child of G. W. and 
Sarah Ivey Robertson, married Mr. Okey Johnson, of 
Charteston, W. Va., and they make their home there. 

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young, leaving one cliild, Ellis, who graduated from the 
Universities of Virginia and Pennsylvania as a physician. 
An accident, causing his death, soon thereafter ended what 
promised to be a brilliant career for this idolized son of his 
mother, who survives him and is now the wife of Mr. Lee 
Britt, of Suffolk, Va. 2017921 

William A. Gresham, youngest son of Elijah and Maria 
Goode Gresham, was born in Chesterfield County in 1838. } ,,.i 
After .attending the neighborhood schools, he was a stu- 
dent at Hampden-Sidney College, with the intention of tak- ;;^,^,. 
ing a law course, but the Civil War breaking out. he vol- ,•;,»!- 
unteered among the first, and joined the Amelia troop un- ^^us. 
der Captain, later Major Charles Irving, and for whom m.^^. 
he named his eldest son. He was wounded during a bat- 
tle at Harrison's Landing, but as soon as he recovered, he .,i .,.t" 
rejoined his company, and was taken prisoner by a regi- . ,,. 
ment whose colonel was W. A. Gresham, presumably a son 
of one of our Indiana cousins. He was for several months 
a prisoner at Point Lookout, after which he was exchanged .^ • •, ^ 
and surrendered at Appomattox, having faithfully dis- 
charged his duties as a good soldier from start to finish of 
the fearful struggle which cost the lives of so many young .• -s*' 
men, and to those surviving, bequeathed for several years 
lives of such privation, poverty and sorrow for which they 
were unfitted that to many "death seemed the better part." 
He married Miss Nannie Haskins Meador, daughter of 
Mr. John and Page Haskins Meador, of Prince Edward, 
and after spending several years in Chesterfield, Peters- 
burg and Dinwiddle, he moved to Charlotte, N. C, and died 
there in 1912, mourned by many relatives and friends who . 
loved him, and to whose loyalty and faithfulness as a friend 
they bear loving testimony. His widow survives him with „. ;^,)i 
five children. Her love and faithfulness to her husband 
from the altar to the grave, I bear willing testimony, I .ytiSiin, 
never saw surpassed. 

Charles Irving Gresham, eldest son of W. A. and Nannie 
Haskins Gresham, was born in Chesterfield County, and 
married Miss lone Thompson, of Charlotte, N. C. He now 
makes his home in Georgia, and has four children, the eld- 


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est having died in infancy— Wilder, Bryan, Aubrey and 
Gordon, all young and living with their parents. 

Thomas Gresham, second son of William A. and Nannie 
Meador Gresham, was born in Chesterfield County, Va., but 
when a youth moved to Charlotte, N. C. Later he married 
Miss Lelia Gluyas, a daughter of Captain Thomas Gluyas, 
who was born in England, but coming to America when a 
boy cast his lot amongst his neighbors and friends, and 
was a soldier of the Civil War and also represented his 
county in Legislature at the close of the war. 

Clarence, eldest son of Thomas and Lelia Gluyas Gres- 
ham, was born in Chester, S. C. He was killed in a rail- 
road accident at Norlina, N. C, at the age of fourteen years. 
He was a bright and lovely boy, and his death was a crush- 
ing blow to his parents. 

Thomas Haskins, second and only remaining child of 
Thomas and Lelia Gluyas Gi'esham, now a school boy, re- 
sides with his parents at Ginter Park, at which place his 
father has erected a magnincent home and enjoys a fortune 
J Xl amassed by diligence in business and faithfully seizing the 
opportunities which the "fates" kindly seemed to throw in 
his way, being thus repaid for the hardships incident to the 
lives of boys born in the period in and after the "sixties" 
of 1800. These were indeed years that tried men's souls 
and brought out the best there was in them and their chil- 
j?«. Ella Clifton, only living daughter (Nannie Augusta and 

Ida dying in Petersburg in early childhood) of W. A. and 
Nannie Haskins Meador Gresham, was born in Chester- 
field County, and married Mr. Eddie Reams, of Dinwiddle. 
. They moved to North Carolina, where she now makes her 
home. They have eight children — Augustine, Thomas, 
Kathleen, Willie, Eddie, Virginia, Lucie and Coleman, all 
of whom reside in the home of their parents. 

Willie, third son of W. A. and Nannie Meador Gresham, 
died in infancy, 

Floyd Meador, son of W. A. and Nannie M. Gre.shpm, 
was born in Dinwiddle County. Va. He moved with his 
parents to No^-th Carolina, and married Miss Esther Mc- 


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Marcus Craig, youngest son of W. A. and Nannie H. 
Meador Gresham, is unmarried, and resides with his mother 
in Charlotte, N. C. He was born in Dinwiddie, Va. 

Ann Augusta, youngest child of Elijah and Maria Goode 
Gresham, was born in Chesterfield County, Va., in 1841. 
She married Mr. W. H. H. Bagwell, son of W. H. H. Bag- 
well, of Richmond, and Lavinia Goode Bagwell, of Ches- 
terfield. He was a soldier of the Civil War, belonging to 
Dance's Artillery, and served from start to finish as a good 
soldier, faithfully discharging his duties. 

By this marriage there were sesven children, as follows : 

Maria Lavinia (called Bena), who died in 1900, and 

whose memory as a lovely Christian woman is tenderly 

cherished by the many she loved in life and all of whom she 

tried to help by her loving sympathy and interest. 

Mary Adelaide, second daughter of W. H. H. and Augusta 
Gresham Bagwell, was born in Petersburg, and married 
Mr. J. R. Simpson. They reside at Doswell, in Hanover 
County, and have one son, John Bagwell Simpson. 

William H. H. Bagwell, son of W. H. H. and Augusta 
Bagwell, married Bernice, youngest daughter of A. A. and 
Indie E. Rudd, of Chesterfield. They make their home in 
Hamlet, N. C, and have two boys, W. H. H. Bagwell (4th) 
and John Alfred Bagwell, both boni in Hamlet, N. C. Their 
eldest son, Hal, died in infancy. 

John Goode, second son of W. H. H. and Augusta G. 
Bag%vell, was born in Petei*sburg, and spent his childhood 
with his parents and sisters and brothers at Longwood, in 
Chesterfield. Later he was in business in North and South 
Carolina until 1900, when a serious illness caused his re- 
moval to the Petersburg Hospital, where after much suf- 
fering he passed away April 19, 1900. He was popular with 
neighbors and friends, dearly beloved in the home circle, 
and faithful beyond comparison in his duty as a son and 

Thomas Gresham, third son of W. H. H. and Augusta G. 
Bagwell, was born in Petersburg and spent his boyhood 


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He is now a resident of Hamlet, N. C, and is unmarried. 

Augusta Gresham, infant daughter of W. H. H. and Au- 
gusta G. Bagwell, was born in Petersburg and died in in- 

Withers, youngest son of W. H. H. and Augusta G. Bag- 
well, was born at Longwood, Chesterfield County. He mar- 
jf ried Lena, daughter of Mr. O. L. Ivey, of Chesterfield, and 

they make their home in that county. They have one child, 
Withers Ivey Bagwell. 



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I close this record of the Gresham family with sincere 
regret that it is so incomplete, but with the hope that it may 
be "something" to which all who are interested can add, 
and thus keep what, in coming years, will be to them a 
source of pleasure as well as reference. 

Augusta Gresham Bagwell. 


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